By Doug Newman
I am way too busy now to do much formal blogging. So here are just a few thoughts on the thirty-eighth anniversary of the supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.
- The above picture is taken from a remarkable photographic essay from 1999 by a man named Michael Clancy. It documents spina bifida surgery performed at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville on little Samuel at the 21-week mark of his mother’s pregnancy. The picture you see shows Samuel wrapping his hand around the doctor’s finger. A “potential” baby cannot do this. Only a real baby can. Please read this web page in detail.
- Roe v. Wade was never the “law of the land.” By definition it could not be. Judges cannot make law. Only legislators can. The only reason Roe ever had any weight whatsoever is that so many millions of Americans gave it the weight of law.
- Republican judges have shown themselves to be just as worthless as Democratic judges in overturning Roe. Five of the seven supreme Court justices in the Roe majority were picked by Republican presidents. In the years between 1973 and 2008, when GW Bush left office, eight of the 10 supreme Court appointments were made by Republican presidents. Moreover, when GW Bush left office, probably two-thirds all federal judges had been appointed by Republicans.
- It is a complete lie that the Founders never foresaw a rogue judiciary and therefore failed to make provisions to restrain it. Article 3, Section 2 of the Constitution empowers Congress to set limits on the powers of the judicial branch. Indeed, Congressman Ron Paul’s Sanctity of Life Act calls on Congress to do just this. To date, it has three co-sponsors.
- Nullification is all the rage nowadays, and this is a good thing. Numerous states are asserting their prerogatives under the Tenth Amendment to repel Obamacare and marijuana prohibition. Why were they not doing this years ago and just saying no to Roe v. Wade? All it would take is one pro-life governor to step forward and proclaim: “As the chief executive of (name the state), my first duty is to protect innocent life. With this in mind, when the legislature sends me pro-life legislation I am going to ignore Roe v. Wade and sign it into law. And if Uncle Sam doesn’t like it I am going continue ignoring Roe v. Wade and tell Uncle Sam to drop dead.” (Where were Mike Huslterbee, Most Holy Mother Sarah and Bush Almighty when they were governors?)
In the current political climate, I hold no hope that we will see any changes in the legality of abortion any time soon. Education is a very powerful weapon. I cannot urge you too strongly to read Mr. Clancy’s web site in detail. Secular science confirms what the Bible teaches – Psalm 139:16. A baby in its mother’s womb is a person too. To abort it is to kill it. Abortion is murder.
Slavery was well on its way too extinction in 1860 and would have gone away without the Civil War. This happened because of profound changes in the hearts and minds of American people regarding the humanity of slaves. The change in laws followed. We may not get our way for now in the legislative realm. However, we can keep talking to people and we can keep educating people about what actually happens in an abortion.
And we can keep on praying that people hear our message. As someone once said, “Praying is both the least we can do and the most we can do.”